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Tech Talk Tuesdays - Amateur Radio and Digital Modes

Today I did my digital presentation but with a modification to give some info on amateur radio. I think it was a good turn out and some good questions were asked. I setup my station in the corner of the "Factory" at work and was able to make a couple ...


New Mobile, FT-100DR

I went to the Austin Summerfest with the purpose of finding the FT-100DR. I have to say i'm pretty pleased with it. I had a Wouxon unit, so the power and mounting bracket fit right up nicely. I had to make a patch to lengthen the mic cable, although ...


Field Day 2015

We had a good field day in spite of the low turn out. KARS usually has 8 or 9 stations, but this year we only had 5. Still we made around 1400 contacts as 5A KB5TX. My setup with the Energizer 2200watt generator worked great! I got 10 hours on ...


Presenting Digital Modes at Ham Fiesta

I did a presentation on digital modes at the W5SC Ham Fiesta Here are the slides.


KARS Digital Modes Presentation

I was asked if I could present on digital modes to my club, the Kendall Amateur Radio Society, and last night I gave a presentation. It wasn't a deep dive into how each digital mode works, but a quick glance at the world of digital modes for the group ...


QSL Cards Outbound!

Finally had some QSL cards made. I didn't really want to go overboard, so I went with cheapqsls.com and have been really happy with the quality and speed of delivery. Coupled with some #6-3/4 envelopes I was able to get the first batch out. I sent a ...


Elecraft KX3

Finally got the radio I wanted, an Elecraft KX3 with the KXPA100 amp. I also got a few of the addons: the roofing filters, realtime clock+charger, and ATU for both the amp and the radio. I think I will order the KXPD3 soon and try to figure out how ...


New Antenna

Cheapham.com had the LDG S9v18 antenna for $35 and the ground plane plate for $25, so I got that with some RG213 and put up a vertical! Such better reception than with the dipole on the roof. I know the roof was absorbing most of the enery on the ...


Got My General Ticket

Passed my General exam today. KF5WAY/AG on most HF until the FCC gets my paperwork. Only been able to make contact on 15m so far. Took the test at the San Antonio Ham Fiesta in Schertz, TX. Was an interesting crowd. I need to go to a larger hamfest ...


FT-897D Gaming Headset Interface Ideas

I've got a Turtle Beach X12 gaming headset. It comes with a digital interface for the XBox and PC. Works on the PS3 as well. It's a really nice headset, one of the only ones I've been comfortable wearing. Most over ear headphones tend to smash my ...

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